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Q: Space shuttle ( Answered,   1 Comment )
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Subject: Space shuttle
Category: Science > Technology
Asked by: lacrossecane-ga
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Posted: 22 Apr 2004 08:06 PDT
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Question ID: 334328
what is the glide ratio of the space shuttle?
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Subject: Re: Space shuttle
Answered By: till-ga on 22 Apr 2004 08:35 PDT
 
The glide ratio of the space shuttle is about 1:1.

"as little as 1.5 to 1 for the Space Shuttle. "
( http://www.madsci.org/posts/archives/dec99/945211045.Eg.r.html )

"about 1:1"
( http://www.nasaexplores.com/show_58_teacher_sh.php?id=03010873842 )


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Subject: Re: Space shuttle
From: leoj-ga on 22 Apr 2004 10:07 PDT
 
It really is the proverbial flying brick.

One thing to keep in mind is that it never actually flies at the angle
that would normally be indicated by that glide ratio, i.e., falling at
a 45 angle.  This is because for the entirety of its descent, it is
losing speed rapidly, and therefore glides much less than it falls.

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